Patrick Lenton on self-publishing and self-promotion

Patrick Lenton is an author and digital marketing professional. He has worked for Momentum Books, the digital-first imprint of Pan Macmillan, and now runs Town Crier, a digital marketing and social media consultancy for authors. So authors can't make any money from self-publishing, can they? Very not true - as long as authors treat self-publishing like a business, there's actually a greater ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Patrick Lenton

Back in April, our First Friday Club guest was Patrick Lenton, an author and digital marketing professional. Patrick has worked as a Digital Marketing Executive with Momentum Books, and recently launched Town Crier, his own social media and digital marketing consultancy for authors. As you can guess, Patrick's no stranger to the concept of the online author platform. He's written articles about ...

Book Review: Dragonfish by Vu Tran

Vu Tran’s debut novel, Dragonfish, opens with a letter from a mother to her daughter, with whom she has lost contact. She recounts the first night of their escape from communist Vietnam, in a small, overcrowded boat, soon to be wracked by ‘thirst and hunger, sickness [and] death’. The mother confesses she had not wanted to leave behind her homeland ...

Jesse Blackadder on real life stories and researching historical fiction

Dr Jesse Blackadder is fascinated by adventurous women in history and forgotten and hidden stories. She has written six novels for adults and children, including two major works of historical fiction published by HarperCollins. Her novels use history as their leaping-off point, entwining fact and fiction into compelling stories. She is the winner of the 2011 Antarctic Arts Fellowship and ...

Book Review: Too Soon Dead by Michael Kurland

I curled up with Too Soon Dead by Michael Kurland on a cold Sunday afternoon. From the cover and from what I had read on the back, it seemed exactly the kind of book for a pleasant Sunday read. And it was. The book begins when a peculiar tipster hands Alexander Brass, 1930s newspaper columnist extraordinaire, an envelope of photos – ...

George Merryman on the challenge of writing authentic dialogue

With 39 hours of produced television to his credit, George Merryman has twice been nominated for an Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE Award. He was a staff writer on the serial Going Home and head writer on the series TwentyfourSeven, both for SBS. George teaches screenwriting at the University of Technology, Sydney and at weekends runs an independent cinema in Newcastle, ...

Book Review: In The Dark, In The Woods by Eliza Wass

‘The Cresswells are hiding something.’ They sure are. Eliza Wass’ novel, In The Dark, In The Woods, is a suspenseful read but not in the usual suspense-genre kind. I couldn’t put down the book. It took me only two days to finish it. I can’t remember the last time I finished a book that quickly. The story revolves around the Cresswell family ...

What We’re Reading: June 2016

The Starks have been warning us for years, and finally winter has come... But it's not all bad. The cooler weather is an excellent excuse to cancel plans, grab a blanket and disappear into an endless pile of books, emerging only to make a fresh pot of tea every now and then. Here's what a few of us here at ...

Writing On Our Calendar – June

With this list of literary events throughout June, there's plenty of ways to channel all your inspiration from last month's Sydney Writers' Festival. Fill your diary with celebrations of the old and the new. 2 June - ABC Book Club taping Join Jennifer Byrne, regular panellists Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger and special guests for the taping of two episodes from Season 10 ...

Laurel Cohn on the power of stories and structure

Laurel Cohn has spent her working life exploring ways of communicating stories about ourselves and others. As a developmental editor she has been helping writers since the 1980s prepare their work for publication and hone their pitches. Many writers she has worked with have gone on to be published successfully. She spent five years with one of Australia’s top literary agents and ...

Book Review: Awesome Animal Stories for Kids by Aleesah Darlison

For some time now, both as a parent reading to my children and as a children’s literature student, I’ve felt that a little too much children’s fiction falls into the animal genre. And it has a long history: the horrific wolf in Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood of 1697, The Tale of Peter Rabbit published in 1902, Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926, ...

Benjamin Law on his narrative journalism journey

Benjamin Law is a frequent contributor to frankie, The Monthly, Qweekend and Good Weekend. He has written for over 50 Australian and international publications (including The Australian Financial Review, The Big Issue, Smith Journal, Sunday Life and Crikey) and has been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays twice. He is the author of The Family Law and Gaysia. How did you ...

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